Saturday, July 28, 2012

Updates~dogs, lake furniture, gilding wax and life!

The chair that I used Chalk Paint® on in my shop is now in my dining room.
  I loved how they came out so much I couldn't sell them...and I also
 wanted to see how a painted leatherette chair with wax would 
stand up to daily use.  I'll tell you what~not one spot of wear is 
detectable!! Mr. Maison Decor sits on this chair everyday and
 it is amazing to me how great this paint stands up.  So if you 
have an old ugly faux or real leather chair you would
 like to update, consider the Annie Sloan treatment!
 The Gilding waxes arrived in the shop~
I have to say I am soooo excited about how these work
to transform objects into things of elegance.
From furniture to wooden boxes to metal items,
a dash of these waxes goes on like velvet and it stays right 
where you put won't come off!
Now if you add a little too much,
just take a bit of clear wax to erase, 
or use a bit of mineral spirits on a cloth.
Gilding wax is always applied as the last step,
after you have waxed your piece.
 The silver leaf gilding wax looks pretty on greys and blues~
 The Renaissance Gold looks nice on deeper toned neutrals or bold colors.
 I like the Empire Gold gilding wax for pastels and lighter neutrals~
 King Gold gilding wax is the middle of the road gold tone that works 
on just about everything.  I added it to a sample board I made using 
the Annie Sloan craqueleur product.  I will be having an Advanced Techniques
 class on August 15th from 6-9PM and these are some of the products we will be using.
 Still working on my custom clocks~I always get curious to 
see what colors people order.
Then I think and wonder what their homes look like~
 This color is Annie Sloan's Chateau Grey~not to be 
confused with gray!! Its a pretty antique olive toned green.
Its on its way to a new home as we speak...
 My apprentice/son is becoming a more skilled painter than his mother!!
 He is really good at getting the paint down just right.
 Look who stopped by my store this week~my little grandson Kingsley!!
 He is my son Brandon's chihuahua.  I babysat him 
for a week this year and now he is my best friend.
 I asked him kindly to pose on the needlepoint stool and he granted my wish.
Of course his daddy was compensating him with treats for his good behavior!! 
He only bit one person that came in the store!!! 
Haah! It was really just a stitches required.
This morning I stopped by my favorite picking spot on the way to work and look what 
the guy had saved just for me...he yelled to me as I pulled in the lot, "Amy I got somethin' for you"...
and I have to say I was thrilled to see this! Its a beautiful vanity and mirror (the mirror is leaning against the ground but is mounted up on the top of the vanity). 
 It is going to be stunning when I am finished with it.
and you can bet your bottom dollar I will be using gilding wax on this baby!!
Then later in the day I got a call to say my left bid on this cottage lake furniture
 was accepted, so I am super excited about this coming to my shop!! 
It came out of a New Hampshire lake has carved leaves as pulls,
 and hand painted roses on die for!! I LOVE this!
I'll get better pics next week of it to share.
I plan to add my furniture pieces to my online shop at
I have heard that many people are having success shipping pieces and I want to join in the fun.
So look for my furniture inventory to appear soon. I am working on the Boston store details and it is really taking a lot more of my time, so I apologize if I have not been able to see what is going on in the blogs of many of my favorites~but I find I am once again waking up in the middle of the night trying to fit all the pieces of the puzzle together for this next chapter.  Exciting but a little bit stressful to try to do it all....and as we all know, NO ONE can do it ALL!!! 



  1. Amy I am in love with that dressing table you really do find lovely pieces of furniture I know I say it over and over again but I have never come across anything worth lusting over. Your new friend is adorable he really fits in with the shop sitting all pretty. Have a lovely weekend. Tracy

  2. You sure are keeping busy Amy! I love those clocks and I'm still trying to figure out a spot in my home to put one! Can't wait to see what you do with that vanity and mirror!

  3. You are busy, busy, busy, Amy. I had a feeling you would keep that chair. Love your furniture finds.

  4. Amy,
    Love that new find!! Can't wait to see it all painted!

  5. Hi Amy,
    It's been fun reading an update on what's going on with you and your life. I love the great furniture pieces that you've acquired and I'm sure they are going to look fabulous.
    Love the new waxes too.


  6. Gorgeous dressing table and lake furniture! Drooling here!

    And that pooch is adorable!

    Looks like you're busy with your store, but you also have some great help and support.

    Have a great week-end!


  7. AMY !!!! Congratulations !! I am so thrilled for you and so in awe of Everything you are doing !!!
    Hugs :)
    the other Betsy

  8. Kingsley is too cute! Love his little shirt. I adore that vanity!!!! I'd want to keep it! I know you are sooo busy but at least it's doing something you love. I had a busy busy day at the store and sold lots of furniture. One of my regular customers has invited me over for cocktails at his fabulous house. So many nice people come in the store. It would really be fun putting all this effort into my own establishment or your's! ha!

  9. Oh...forgot to say...I went in a big thrift store yesterday. A privately owned one and all the furniture in there should have been thrown away. Everything was filthy and most of it broken and so was disgusting.

    I have yet to find a good thrift store here. I used to go to one in Georgia that I always found good things at. But thrift stores really are not very good around here.

  10. YOur leatherette chair is a real beauty! Isn't it amazing all the uses for ASCP! I must try those guilding waxes... I am finishing a chair right now that needs a touch of glitz!
    I would love your job!!!!!

  11. I have been so curious to know how the finish on the chair would wear...very cool that it's holding up to daily use!

    Hope you're getting some sleep every once in a while!

  12. I recently scored a dresser with the carved fruit/nut handles. It's nearly complete. Cute as hell. I did Duck egg with paled De in the center of the drawers and OW on details. Very fun. Course like with everything…. Likely won't be able to bring myself sell it on Craigs. Sigh.

  13. That Chateau Grey makes me so happy, I love green! And Antibes is a bit full on for me to use in all THAT many places, the Chateau Grey on the other hand I could justify in many. :)

  14. I'm excited about the gilding waxes, Amy. I had done rub n buff on a few pieces to highlight details and it would come off with the wax, so it will be nice to not have to worry about that. I'm going to a small workshop myself in a few weeks and maybe she will have some of the gilding wax to show us. I can't wait to see your new pieces done up!

  15. So wonderful your son is helping you!! Wish i could say the same about my crew!! Beautiful work as always!!

  16. Hi Amy,
    I love the vanity. We don't seem to have the same great selection of furniture pieces in Alberta. Can't wait to see what you do with it.

  17. amy ur right no one can do it all BUT if anyone could it one be YOU my sweet!!!

  18. Love that is amazing that is so durable! You sure do have so many wonderful projects going and I am sure you are going to miss your apprentice!!...and the dog is sooo cute!!!...Have a great week Amy!

  19. Love all the furniture you have sourced for Maison Decor,can't wait to see their makeovers...
    Chateau Grey looks stunning,i have this but have not used to date i might have to change that today...i vote for Colin staying and running Maison Decor trois!! ;) x

  20. I need about a dozen of those desk vanities over yonder, plz put them on order for me. No worries Amy I'll do the painting my self! wink
    Kristy @ 4 the love of WOOD

  21. OMG you have way to much going on! Wow, I love your new "Picked" pieces, I can see the future beauty in those!! I am so intrigued by the painted chair, I looks fabulous and it is standing up to wear. I have a grand puppy too that I love!


  22. Your new stores have really turned into a family business, haven't they? That's great! I think your new waxes will be a great compliment to the paints you're selling. It's always fun to see the projects you're working on and new products that you're offering at your store.

  23. Oh, love your new pieces! That vanity is going to be gorgeous! Love your Grandpuppy. I am excited to see your upcoming paint projects. :)

  24. What wonderful pieces to transform. Can't wait to see them.

  25. I love how you turn old and worn furniture into a work of art. Keep us posted with your furniture adventures. You are an inspiration.

  26. Just wondering would you put the gilding wax on before the clear wax or after?


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